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Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

The tale of the relationship between two Jewish boys, American-born Sam Clay and his Czechoslovakian cousin Joe Kavalier, who meet when Joe escapes to New York during World War II and become life-long best friends and collaborators in the creation of numerous comic book characters. Their most famous creation, The Escapist, is an escape artist who battles Hitler. The book is one part fictional history of Kavalier and Clay and their circle of friends, and one part real world history, taking in Czechoslovakia, World War II, New York City, Jewish lore, Harry Houdini, and the golden age of comic books, with several real life figures, from Salvador Dali to Stan Lee, making appearances. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan, Holly, and Morgan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Amazing Spider-Man, The

Amazing Spider-Man, The

The first issue was published in 1963. More than 40 years later, the title is still going. The writers and artists have changed many times, but this remains the core book in Marvel's Spider-Man franchise. Published monthly.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Astonishing X-Men

Astonishing X-Men

Marvel's flagship X-Men comic, currently being written by Joss Whedon and art by Josh Cassaday.

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This book is recommended by Holly, Morgan, and Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Barney's Version

Barney's Version

When Barney Panofsky's old rival, Terry McIver, publishes his autobiography and makes many accusations against Barney, Barney decides to tell his own version of his life story.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Captain America

Captain America

The latest incarnation of Marvel's Captain America title which so far has seen Steve Rogers dealing with his memories of World War II as well as some mysterious figures from his past. Issue #1 was published in January 2005 and it continues to appear monthly.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Choke

Choke

Victor can no longer afford to pay for his mother's nursing care, so he resorts to faking near-death at restaurants by choking on his food to gain money. The story is told mainly in the present day but flashes back to Victor's childhood in parts, where his mother teaches him to con people and talks about conspiracy theories. Often referred to as Fight Club for sex addicts.

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This book is recommended by Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Fall On Your Knees

Fall On Your Knees

The very dark story of the Piper family of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, which begins with the troubled marriage of James, a Scottish-Canadian, and Materia, a Lebanese-Canadian, and goes on to tell the tragic story of their daughter Kathleen and her sisters.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Fight Club

Fight Club

In an attempt to overcome dissatisfaction with his life, the unnamed protagonist of the story steps into the world of an underground fighting club which spirals out of control. Adapted into a move featuring Edward Norton as the Narrator and Brad Pitt as Tyler.

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This book is recommended by Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

A scientist named Victor Frankenstein creates a being from dead body parts and uses electricity to bring it to life. Frightened by his creation, he abandons it, and the creature is left to discover the world for itself with grave consequences for Victor and his family. Originally published in 1818.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, Bonster, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Fray

Fray

Hundreds of years in the future things have changed so much that people don't even notice monsters walking the streets. Young Melaka Fray makes money by stealing things, believing herself to have no future. She soon finds that not only does she have a future but she is destined for great things.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry's second year at Hogwarts finds him investigating mysteriously pretrified students as well as finding the identity of the Heir of Slytherin.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, Bonster, Chelsea, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling's final chapter in the life of Harry Potter finds him on the search for Horcrux with Ron and Hermione. Meanwhile, the war rages on and their friends are in constant danger. Lord Voldemort is gaining power everywhere and in search of something to help him in his rise to power.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, Bonster, and Chelsea.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

When Hogwarts plays host to an international wizardry tournament, Harry is unexpectedly selected to compete in it. Meanwhile, the threat of Voldemort's possible return lingers in the background. Fourth book in the series.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan, Morgan, Bonster, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The wizarding world is now dealing with the return of Lord Voldemort, Ron is asking daily if anyone they know has died or gone missing. Harry gets some unexpected help in Potions and he and Dumbledore explore a complicated past.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, Chelsea, Bonster, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Tensions are running high as Harry enters his fifth year at Hogwarts. The Ministry of Magic refuses to admit that You-Know-Who has returned and have also placed one of their own at Hogwarts as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Bonster, Chelsea, Meaghan, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Downtrodden orphan Harry Potter discovers through a visit from a giant on his 11th birthday that he's actually a wizard. He enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he makes new friends, learns some magic, and discovers the truth about his parents' death and his own remarkable destiny.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan, Bonster, Chelsea, Morgan, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Dangerous murderer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and is looking for Harry at Hogwarts. Hagrid is made a teacher and the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher has a connection to Harry's parents.

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This book is recommended by Chelsea, Bonster, Morgan, Meaghan, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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His Dark Materials: Amber Spyglass, The

His Dark Materials: Amber Spyglass, The

Will and Lyra continue their journey against evil and learn the true nature of dust.

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This book is recommended by Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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His Dark Materials: Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The

Released as Northern Lights in most of the world, and The Golden Compass in the US. A young girl, Lyra, learns of the existance of Dust which is believed to be part of sin. Lyra must travel to the North to stop her best friend from being experimented on and there she finds the existance of another world.

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This book is recommended by Holly and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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His Dark Materials: Subtle Knife, The

His Dark Materials: Subtle Knife, The

Book two of the His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra, who we met in the previous books, travels to another world and in another version of Oxford, meets a boy called Will. He becomes the bearer of a knife which allows him to cut through realities.

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This book is recommended by Holly and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Horse and his Boy, A

Horse and his Boy, A

During the Golden Age of Narnia, when Peter is High King, a boy named Shasta discovers he is not the son of Arsheesh, the Calormene fisherman, and decides to run far away to the North--to Narnia. When he is mistaken for another runaway, Shasta is led to discover who he really is and even finds his real father. Third book in the chronicles.

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This book is recommended by Nicole and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Inkheart

Inkheart

Mo is an ordinary bookbinder, or so his daughter Meggie thinks. He is on a mission to find a book - Inkheart - but he is not the only one looking for it.

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This book is recommended by Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters

A beautiful young fashion model is horrible transfigured and is left unable to speak after an accident. During the stay in her hospital she meets Brandy Alexander who encourage her to use the tragedy to change her life.

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This book is recommended by Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The

Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Book 2 in the chronicles, though it was actually the first Lewis wrote.

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This book is recommended by Nicole, Meaghan, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Lovely Bones, The

Lovely Bones, The

When 14-year-old Susie Salmon is murdered, her family and those in her community who have been affected by the tragedy are left with almost no information about what really happened to her. The story is told from Susie's perspective in heaven, watching over the people she knew in life as they deal with the fallout of her mysterious death.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan, Morgan, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Magician's Nephew, The

Magician's Nephew, The

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to ... somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home. First book in the chronicles in terms of the Narnian timeline, but it was actually the second last book that Lewis wrote for the series.

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This book is recommended by Nicole, Bonster, and Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Neverwhere

Neverwhere

Richard Mayhew agrees to help a mysterious young woman named Door one day, and the next day he finds that he's apparently been erased from the world. He joins Door on her quest through the secret underworld of London Below and meets many strange characters along the way.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Holly, Meaghan, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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One for the Money

One for the Money

Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she's so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn't own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school.

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This book is recommended by Chelsea, Julie, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

The story of Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest daughter of a family on the borderline of respectability. When Elizabeth meets snooty Mr. Darcy, she instantly dislikes him. But as the two continue to meet socially their relationship develops over time. That is a bad summary but this novel is impossible to put into a paragraph.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Sandman, The

Sandman, The

Neil Gaiman's comic book epic centering around The Endless, his pantheon of seven god-like beings. The series mostly takes place in and around the realm of Dream; much like Greek and Roman mythology, the stories focus on humans who interact with these mythical beings as well as the Endless' own rivalries and relationships. The series ran from 1989 to 1996 and the 75 issues have been collected into ten trade paperback volumes.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan, Holly, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

In a story told through the eyes of young Scout Finch, a black man in Depression Era Alabama is accused of raping a white girl. Scout's father Atticus becomes the accused man's attorney and faces persecution from the people in the own where they live.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Bonster, Holly, Julie, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Twilight

Twilight

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keeps his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his deep dark secret. What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back.

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This book is recommended by Chelsea, Bonster, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Ultimate X-Men

Ultimate X-Men

A new spin of the origins of the X-Men, put in a modern day setting.

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This book is recommended by Holly and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Watchmen

Watchmen

Who watches the Watchmen? In 1985, the Comedian is murdered and someone has it out for costumed heroes. Rorschach believes the attacks to be connected and seeks the help from other costumed heroes who have since retired.

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This book is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Watership Down

Watership Down

Published in 1972. Watership Down is the story of a group of wild rabbits who set out to find a new warren when their old home is destroyed to make room for a new housing development. They encounter a few other rabbit societies and a lot of challenges on their journey.

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This book is recommended by Meaghan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Wicked

Wicked

Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

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This book is recommended by Holly and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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